EXCLUSIVE: Malcolm D. Lee is set to produce The Untitled Double Dutch Project at Universal, based off an original idea by Thembi Banks which she will write.
The story we hear will revolve around the journey of a coach and his double-dutch jump rope team.
Banks is currently the co-producer on the Untitled Hilde Lysiak Project for Apple, and she’s a 2018 HBO Directing Fellow, and was a 2017 Directing Fellow for Film Independent’s Project Involve.
Lee will produce Double Dutch under his banner Blackmaled Productions. Universal Vice President of Production Sara Scott is overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.
Lee’s Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish fall comedy Night School recently grossed over $101M at the global box office. In total, Lee’s directing canon has amassed close to $600M worldwide. Lee’s Girls Trip last year repped a high mark for comedies at the B.O. with a $31.2M opening and $115.1M domestic B.O. The move repped the first time that an African American female screenwriter, Tracy Oliver, saw her film gross in excess of $100M at the box office. Oliver co-wrote Girls Trip with Kenya Barris. Deadline recently exclusively announced that Lee is developing the romantic ensemble comedy How to Fall in Love with Anyone inspired by Mandy Len Catron’s New York Times viral article “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This”.
Banks is represented by UTA, Rain Management Group, and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc. Lee is represented by Paradigm Talent Agency and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano.
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